A family law expert on Friday said that the country is not yet ready for same-sex civil union following the statement of Pope Francis favoring the third sex marriage.
In an interview over DZMM, family law expert and Dean of College of Law of Lyceum of the Philippines Atty. Maria Solidad Mawis expressed doubt if the bill allowing same-sex civil union will hurdle Congress approval.
“Hindi pa po, nakikita na natin ang reaksyon ng mga tao, iba-iba ang reaksyon. Hindi pa ho masyadong tanggap dahil sa paniniwala natin lalo na ang dikta ng ating religion, na hindi dapat pwede. Kaya nga po hindi pa tayo handa pero dapat paghandaan,” Mawis said.
Mawis however, stressed that it is about time that a law should be passed to protect same-sex partnership.
“Sana naman ho, ito namang pong mga taong ito, nagmahal naman po sila, dapat magkaroon ng malinaw kung saan sila ay maproteksyunan, sana maging malinaw na meron silang karapatan,” Mawis added.
Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Duterte is supporting the passage of the bill allowing same-sex union.
“Sa aking pananaw, ang tanong po dito handa ba ang mga Filipino magkaroon ng union o kasalan ng babae sa babae, lalaki sa lalaki, palagay ko ho medyo tradisyunal pa ho tayo pero ho sa aking pananaw bigyan ng pananaw at least at very least sa property lamang ho,” he added.
According to Mawis, under Article 147 of the Civil Code, the married couple are allowed a co-ownership. She said this should also be allowed for same-sex couples.
“Sa same-sex po, kapag matagal nang nagsama, may malinaw ding batas na maprotektahan silang dalawa. ‘Yun lang naman ang akin, sana may proteksyon para maging fair naman,” Mawis said.
In a new documentary, the Pope openly supported allowing same-sex couples despite the stand of the Catholic Church against the issue.
“What we have to create is a civil union law,” the Pope said in the film, released in Rome. “That way they are legally covered.”
There are pending bills in Congress pushing for same-sex marriage in the country.